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Qantas is Australia’s National Airline
Established in 1920 Qantas, Australia’s national airline, is the world’s second oldest air carrier. Beginning international service in 1935, Qantas, which is an acronym for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, is also commonly referred to as the “Flying Kangaroo.” Based in the Sydney suburb of Mascot, and with its hubs at Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne International Airports, Qantas is considered one of the leading international long haul airlines and is also one of the strongest brands in Australia.
Qantas has domestic routes within Australia and international routes, with about 18 percent of international travelers arriving in the country on one of its airplanes. Secondary hubs include Adelaide Airport and Perth Airport with Australia and Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The airline flies to 20 domestic and 21 international destinations in 14 countries in Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Focus cities are Cairns and Darwin within Australia and Los Angeles in the United States. Qantas currently operates the world’s longest non-stop flight from Sydney International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
The airline operates wide body aircraft on its international routes, with several Airbus models, including the A330 and the double decked A380 for long haul flights, along with the Boeing 767 and Boeing 747. Qantas also uses Boeing 737s for its domestic flights.
Qantas divides its international aircraft into first class, business class and economy cabins, with the latter also having a premium economy section. Domestic aircraft have business and economy seating. Checked bag allowances differ according to the route, passenger cabin and membership in the airline’s frequent flyers club. Passengers on long-haul international flights get the highest number of free checked bags.Fees for additional bags run between $30 AUD and $280 AUD per 5 kilograms.
In-flight entertainment on most aircraft is on-demand with variety dictated by aircraft type and length of flight. Up to 1,500 entertainment options are available along with a dedicated Kids Zone and Lonely Planet destination guides. Q Streaming that gives passengers access to over 100 hours of entertainment on customized iPads is available on some domestic routes.